Three people are dead, including a child, after a shooting at a South Florida grocery store on Thursday. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (“PBSO”) said the shooting took place inside a Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach, just west of West Palm Beach.

Police and emergency officials responded to the shopping center just before noon. Police kept most customers and employees inside the store for multiple hours for interviews before allowing some to leave around 2:30 p.m.  The PBSO said in a tweet, “Upon arrival, deputies located three individuals deceased from gunshot wounds, one adult male, one adult female and one child.  The shooter is one of the deceased. This was NOT an active shooter situation.”  

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay said the child was a toddler: “This one is hard,” she said. “You don’t like to hear about these things in your district. You don’t like to hear about them anywhere in the country.” Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous issued a statement saying the company couldn’t confirm any details from the incident since it involved an active police investigation: “Our thoughts are with those who are impacted by this tragedy,” she said. “We are cooperating with the local law enforcement.”

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